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Use of a novel technology to create scent-infused textiles

JOHN D. PIERCE JR.1, FERNANDO TOVIA2*, YAN LIU2
*Corresponding author
1. Philadelphia University, School of Science and Health, 4201 Henry Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144, USA
2. Philadelphia University, School of Engineering & Textiles, 4201 Henry Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144, USA

Abstract

Fragrance-infused products for home decor area promising and steadily increasing consumer market. Mostscented fabrics are currently produced usingmicroencapsulation. We have investigated an alternativemethod to create longer lasting fragrance-infused textileproducts using direct infusion of scent into melt-spunbicomponent fibres during the filament stage. Laboratoryresults of the second generation of scented samplesproduced by this method revealed fine abrasion resistance,strong fragrance intensity, and excellent scent durabilitythrough 20 repeated washing/drying cycles. Consumerevaluation was consistently positive for the scent-infusedfabrics and their potential consumer applications. We arecurrently investigating the possibility of incorporatingantimicrobial agents into the scented bicomponent fibresfor potential use as odour-control undergarments forindividuals with incontinence.


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